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Chilly da Vinci

J. Rutland


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While others do “penguin” things, Chilly da Vinci—self-declared inventor penguin, builds machines that don’t work…yet!

When Chilly's latest invention, the Good Bird crashes into the penguins' home iceberg, it separates a chunk of ice and sends the penguins drifting out to sea. Can Chilly invent a machine to get them home before a hungry orca nibbles the ice away?

The book includes an author’s note about the Leonardo da Vinci and the inventor's early failures.

Praise For Chilly da Vinci

Action-packed panels, diagrams of Chilly's inventions (and daydreams), and nods to Leonardo da Vinci make this a goodhearted embrace of trial and error and a celebration of failure as a learning experience. Rutland's energetic illustrations, peppered with side comments from background characters, add plenty of personality. 
— Maggie Reagan

A young Renaissance penguin triumphs after much trial and considerable error.
— Kirkus Reviews

A lively addition to makerspace collections that’s sure to inspire and nurture a spirit of invention.
— Barbara Auerbach

NorthSouth Books, 9780735842830, 48pp.

Publication Date: December 4, 2018

About the Author

J. Rutland (Jarrett Rutland) writes and illustrates picture books and graphic novels. He's always felt pulled toward sequential storytelling. As early as kindergarten he was using free time to write illustrated books about vampires with his best friend. And in college, his thesis was a series of comic panels. These days vampires don't fascinate him as much as goofy mash-ups. This is his third picture book. He’s currently working on a graphic novel about his grandfather and another one about robot samurai penguins. He lives with his wife, son, and black dog in Asheville, North Carolina. Learn more at